Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Drabble Wednesday: Creepy Christmas

So after a hiatus last month due to the flu and other things, Drabble Wednesday is back.
And today on Drabble Wednesday I’m celebrating the Horror Holidays. Do join me for three tales of blood and jingle bells…




The Christmas Party

Come in, come in. The more the merrier, isn’t that what they say? We have food and drinks waiting for you.
The guests shuffled in, ushered along by festive Christmas music. They moved slowly through an open door, and saw a wondrous spread of hors d'oeuvres, champagne, cocktails, and more. They smiled.
You see, just what we promised. The best Christmas party of your life.
The new arrivals mingled with the earlier crowd. Behind them the doors closed. Their hosts raised a glass in a smiling toast, vampire fangs gleaming.
Did we mention? This will also be your last Christmas.

~*~




The Ghosts of Christmas

Scrooge wasn’t the only one you know.
And it wasn’t like the story at all. Those ghosts weren’t trying to help. They showed us visions, that part was true, but they tempted us, dangled desires and wealth like bangles on a pretty Christmas tree. Whispered in our ears about what we could have, if we just agreed. They came to both of us, Scrooge and Marley. They wanted the partnership, you see.
But old Ebenezer was smart.  
He didn’t listen to those ghosts. He rejected their promises.
He changed.
Me, well, I was greedy. I acquiesced.
I sold my soul.

~*~





And for the last offering, (with apologies to Clement Moore), here's a skewed bit of the cherished holiday, coming in a slightly longer than 100 words…


A Visit from St. Nicholas

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
came the smell of dead creatures, yes, even the mouse
The stockings were shredded, all tatters and bare
amid ruins and bloodstains and the odd broken chair


The children were slaughtered all snug in their beds,
with most of their brains gone away from their heads.
And Mama stopped screaming when she bled from her throat,
while I fled that room as quick as a goat.


And behind me he came, with, oh, such a clatter,
A’ growling and snarling, and after brain matter
I ran for my life, a Christmas most foul,
With zombie St. Nicholas here on the prowl




Sunday, 4 December 2016

Book Spotlight: A Mighty Rolling Thunder

Today I bring you a spotlight for the newly released post-apocalyptic/urban fantasy, A Mighty Rolling Thunder by talented author Kerry Alan Denney. Plus, there's a Raffecopter giveaway for a chance to win an ebook of this release!

So enjoy my minions...


A Mighty Rolling Thunder by Kerry Alan Denney




Spring, 2024: Two spirit hordes break through from another dimension, and make half the world’s population vanish. The spirits possess the survivors, dividing them into two groups: those who fight to retain their humanity, and marauders who destroy everything in their paths.

Artist Livi DeSilva is fleeing from possessed killers when she meets Conor McLain, a man suffering from amnesia. Outnumbered and outgunned, Livi and Conor team up and fight off homicidal lunatics and ruthless gangs, only to end up cornered by their deadliest foe: billionaire Victor van Danz, a psychopath who commands the new world’s dark forces. Victor craves immortality, and kidnaps Livi. He believes that when he kills Livi in front of her collection of canvases and absorbs her life energy, he will transform into a god.

With only Conor, two amazing dogs, and a band of plucky children to aid her, Livi must harness the power of the spirits inside her and use it to defeat Victor—or die in the clutches of a madman.



A Mighty Rolling Thunder is available at:





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Author Bio:

Colleagues and readers have dubbed Kerry Alan Denney The Reality Bender. The multiple award-winning author of the paranormal/ supernatural thrillers Marionettes (June 2016), Soulsnatcher (April 2014), Dreamweavers (August 2015), and the critically-acclaimed post-apocalyptic sci-fi/ horror thriller Jagannath (Permuted Press, February 2015), as well as numerous published short stories, Kerry blends elements of the supernatural, paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror in his work: speculative fiction at its wildest and craziest. With joy, malicious glee, and a touch of madness, he writes reality-bending thrillers, even when the voices don’t compel him to.
On July 24, 2015, Jagannath became a #1 Amazon bestseller. On March 31, 2015, Soulsnatcher won 2nd Place as 2014 Book of the Year in The Drunken Druid’s International Book Award competition. Kerry's novels have received numerous rave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and Jagannath and Soulsnatcher each received a rave blurb from New York Timesbestselling author James Rollins.

For more information and to contact Kerry, go to http://www.kerrydenney.com


Friday, 2 December 2016

Interview With Author Theresa Pocock

Today I have a great treat, an interview with historical fantasy author Theresa Pocock, who stops by to chat about her newly released book (paperback available from bookbaby), Elizabeth Tudor. Enjoy!


Interview with Theresa Pocock



Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.


I’m just a girl who is trying to make her way in this world. No… well I am a mom, a wife, a Christian, and an author. I feel like everything I do fits into those four fields.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?
Well, as a history major, when you learn about the sixteenth century you can’t help but learn of Henry VIII and all his wives and his shenanigans. I of course was fascinated with the subject but something my teacher said in passing one day sparked the idea for this book; what if Henry’s claims that Anne Boleyn entranced him really were true? The idea stuck and when I began writing it was just a natural topic for me to explore.
In ELIZABETH TUDOR: Ancestry of Sorcery, Anne and Elizabeth come from a long line of sorceresses, but Anne makes certain that her daughter, the potential queen of England, will be the most powerful one yet.
I am very excited about this story. I feel that it is a strong retelling made more interesting with the sparkle of magic and the tragedy of star crossed love.


How long have you been writing, and how many books have you published to date?

Ten years. I’ve completed 6 books. ELIZABETH is my first publication.


Of all the books you've written, do you have a favorite?

To be honest which ever book I am reading, writing, editing, is the best book ever. Because naturally all the things I wish authors would do in the books I read for pleasure I do in my book, which automatically makes it the best in my mind, right?


Why did you decide to write in the Fantasy genre?

Well I always felt it was the only genre worth reading, that is until I turned 30. Now I find merit in many other genres. My WIP is actually my first non-fantasy story about a celebrity dating service and I am loving it. You can read my whole description at www.theresapocock.com.


Who is your intended readership?

Probably women and teens, all of my stories have a strong romantic element to them. That’s just me. I feel like I write the angst of teen love quite well and the tenderness of mature love also. So I would say anyone who likes romance. (not sex)


Why did you write this book? What was your inspiration?

As I said above ELIZABETH TUDOR was inspired by the idea that Anne Boleyn really was a sorceress. That she bewitched Henry and that is why he did all he did. My inspiration was a contrast between two things actually. First, I read an amazing book called Eragon when I was 25. I was so inspired by how young the author was. I read that the author couldn’t get a publishing deal and that he had to do some pretty amazing things to get his stuff out there. Then I read a truly ridiculous story which got published no problem and I kind of took that as a challenge, I guess. I also thought if a teenager can write so can I! That was when it became real. That’s when I began plotting.

What did you enjoy most about writing your book?

I love that I get to tell these cool stories. I love researching. Like with ELIZABETH TUDOR, I wanted it to be as historically accurate as possible. I read everything from novels, to encyclopedias, to her journals, to her speeches, to her bank statements, just to assure that I would have things correct. I can get lost in the researching.


What did you find most challenging about writing your book?

It took me and entire year of consistent writing during naps times and early mornings and evenings to get ELIZABETH done. I don’t have a great memory and that is exacerbated by the fact that I’m dyslexic so when I am dealing with people and places and loads of facts I’m connecting, I must review every day. If I leave it for a week or something its literally like starting from scratch.   


What advice would you give beginning writers?

I would tell them to write 500,000 words before you commit yourself. I would also say don’t force it. If you have a story to tell it will come out. That doesn’t mean it’s easy that just means you won’t be able to leave it alone. If you can’t leave it alone you’re an author and you need to do your prerequisites. Which are: Read a ton. I feel like this is imprinting. You imprint good writing in your mind, all the while you practice. Research the elements of writing. How to show not tell, how to change tense, how to write tension, how to plot things out. Figure out if you’re a pants-er or a plot-er. Have people read your stuff and get some opinions.  If you do these things and you have a story to tell the ability to get it down on paper will come. So never ever lose hope. Then I say write an amazing query letter and send it to me at www.bigworldnetwork.com as of January 1, 2017 I am the new submissions manager there.


Are you working on another book?

I have something I am so excited about. It is a fantasy set in the Garden of Eden.  I call it GUARDIANS OF THE GARDEN. Briefly, it’s about a family that protects the garden of Eden from those wanting to gain immortality by eating of the tree of life. As time marches on they gain fantastic powers to protect the garden from advancing technology. My story starts in the chaos of a PREapocalypse world and a betrayal from inside the garden. I have a really amazing agent looking at it right now and I have high hopes.
I’m also putting some of my work on Wattpad you can check it out for just go to: www.theresapocock.com and see what strikes your fancy.








Author Bio:


Theresa Pocock is not a history buff but she is a history lover which lead her to study the subject at BYU-Idaho. However it was here obsession with the literature that sparked the idea to write. Since, that desire has become an annoyingly relentless compulsion gnawing at her attention and focus, As her list of story ideas grows longer and her free time gets shorter it has taken tireless dedication to continue writing. Utilizing earily mornings, nap-times, sport practices and many many late nights has born fruit though in the form of six wonderfully crafted novels which she hopes to share with the world. After sixteen moves, three kids, four dogs, and a few fish, Theresa and her family currently reside in Washington state. For now.





Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Book Spotlight: Collected Christmas Horror Shorts

Today I have a book spotlight for Collected Christmas Horror Shorts, presented by author Kevin J Kennedy, and featuring a host of talented writers serving up a side of creepy Christmas cheer. Enjoy!



Collected Christmas Horror Shorts


Christmas is often thought of as a time of joy and cheer, a time for giving to others, a time of celebration and love…. Well this year some of the best voices in horror fiction decided to band together and tell you some tales about a different kind of Christmas, so grab yourself a mug of hot chocolate, close the curtains, lock the door and get comfy. This will be a Christmas like never before!

Collected Christmas Horror Shorts is available at:






Featuring:

12 Days (Psychopath Remix) by J.C. Michael (poem) 
Thy Will be Done by J.C. Michael 
Tommy’s Christmas by John R. Little 
Naughty or Nice by Veronica Smith 
Santa's Midnight Feast by J.L. Lane
Hung With Care by Ty Schwamberger
Santa Came by Peter Oliver Wonder
In the Bag by Tim Curran 
The Christmas Spirit by Lisa Morton
The Tome of Bill Cristmas Carol by Rick Gualtieri
Killing Christmas by Andrew Lennon
All Naughty, No Nice by Michael A. Arnzen
A Disappointed Shade of Blue by C.S. Andserson (poem)
Stuffed Pig by Steven Murray
The Night Before Christmas by Suzanne Fox
Better Watch Out by Willow Rose
Deck The Halls by Xtina Marie (poem)
Christmas Market by Amy Cross
Merry Fuckin' Christmas by Kevin J. Kennedy 
The Veil by Rose Garnett
The Last Christmas Dinner by Christina Bergling
The Present by Israel Finn
Christmas Carole by Lisa Vasquez
Slay Bells by Weston Kincade




Kevin J Kennedy is the author of The Tale of Sawney Bean and a regular contributor to Horror and Young Adult anthologies. Kevin lives in a small town in Scotland with his wife, step daughter and two strange little cats.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Interview with Kevin S. Chambers, Author of God's Rogue

Today I have an interview with writer Kevin S. Chambers, who chats about his new novel God's Rogue, his screenwriting and other tidbits. Enjoy.


Interview with Kevin S. Chambers




Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

First off, thanks for taking the time to post this. I generally try to let my work talk for me, but this I guess is more about me right? Anyways, I currently reside in the North West, where I attended school at Western Oregon University, for Earth Science. Since about 2009 I’ve been writing, or attempting to write my own novel. Originally I had Awakening, that I shopped around, and never got anywhere with. After a few years attempting this, I made the switch to screenplays, where I’ve had more success, including two produced shows/web-series, Starship Orion, and Daughter of Time. The first season of DOT should be coming early next year.



Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?


I have a list of novels to write, and a list of TV shows and movies I’d like to produce. When I was down in LA last February, I met up with a potential distributor/production company for Daughter of Time, which is about Time Traveling Assassins. Anyways, when I was down there, they mentioned they were looking for movies, Naturally, I brought up God’s Rogue, which was meant to be a TV show. Well they asked if I could write it into a movie, which I did.
As I wrote, I realized there was a lot there. As such, I decided to turn it into a book. Which combines the concept of Ancient Aliens, and the value of human life. Personally I believe in the value of life. An individual only has one life, and it’s theirs to live. The main character Kaden Hunt, who has discovered hidden talents in the human genome, takes up a fight against two Annunaki. During his fight, he begins to discover who he once was in previous lives. As he begins to discover, he realizes there are enemies much more powerful out in the universes.


Who is your intended readership?

Young adult and up, who like to have a reading experience take them on an adventure, while challenging them mentally. I ask questions, that I want the reader to think, what if I was in the position.


Can you tell us about your writing process? Where do your ideas originate? Do you have a certain writing routine?

My writing routine is a bit different I guess, I usually get all of my ideas from dreams. Where I will write them down. Sometimes I’ll let the stories play out in my head, and leave it at that. Others, if I really love the characters, and story I will begin to write either a novel, short story, movie, or television show.


What is your greatest challenge as a writer?

Growing up I had a learning disability in English and Grammar. It started as an IEP, which I worked hard to get down to a 504. Even now I have trouble with English and Grammar. My editor would often call me, as he pulled his hair out in frustration.


Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?

First let me dive into a bit of my reading history. When I entered Middle School, I stopped reading, thinking it was uncool. Well in 2007 a teacher gave me a copy of Eragon, which I sat on for over a year. Finally I started reading it, and I fell in love with the series and reading. Well in the fall of 08 I saw two actors from Power Rangers were in Legend of the Seeker. Once I saw what it was about I began to watch it. I noticed that it was a book. Well since that time, I’ve been a huge Terry Goodkind fan, you can see similar themes in God’s Rogue.


What do you like to do when you're not writing? Any hobbies?

I do love to dance, especially line dancing. I don’t mind kayaking, fishing, exploring. I have this idea of going to Ireland, and letting my feet guide me, get me lost. Really just exploring the world around me, is such fun. I have great friends who like to go along with me.


Are you working on another book?

Spoilers. Yes, I’m working on The Travelers Tower. Which is the second book in the series. I’m also beginning to rewrite Rogue Mage, completely unrelated.


What did you hope to accomplish by publishing your book?

I want to tell stories, and entertain people. Let’s also be honest, I want to make a good living off this, to allow me to do other things.




In addition to writing novels, Kevin S. Chambers has a series, Daughter of Time (Time Needs an Assassin) currently in post production that should be available next year. When not writing, or on set, he’s at home with his wife and dog, out playing baseball, or fishing.



God's Rogue by Kevin S. Chambers

Kaden Hunt has been fighting a hidden war for humanity, alone. A war that changed one night when his oldest friend tried to kill him. Now Kaden the most powerful human in existence has drawn the complete focus of Enki and Shamash the two warring leaders of the Annunaki; the aliens who created humanity. Both are determined to stop Kaden from becoming what he once was, who he once was. For if he becomes the Traveler a more powerful enemy will be freed.

God's Rogue is available on pre-order at Amazon and launches November 14th.

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